Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Bridge to Teaching

Campus Locations Boston
Also available 100% Online No
Other Format(s)
Credits Required for Graduation 160
Entry Terms Fall Quarter, Winter Quarter, Spring Quarter, Summer Quarter (excl F1 visa applicants)
Meets International Visa Requirements Yes

Overview

 

We have suspended new enrollments to the Bachelor of Science degree in Liberal Studies, Bridge to Teaching program and are no longer accepting applications for admission.

If you are a student enrolled in this program, our advising staff will work with you to complete all coursework.


A degree program that meets your educational goals

Within the Liberal Studies bachelor’s degree you can elect to follow a specialized Bridge to Teaching track.

Bridge to Teaching is designed for teacher assistants and instructional paraprofessionals who are currently in practice, have earned an associate degree (or its equivalent), and wish to enter the teaching force. Graduates of the program receive a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies and the preparation for initial licensure, according to Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education state guidelines. 

Paraprofessional Teacher Preparation Grant Program

The MA Department of Higher Education, Office of Financial Assistance provides financial assistance to currently employed paraprofessionals in Massachusetts public schools who wish to become certified as full-time teachers. To learn more about this grant program and eligibility requirements, please visit the MA Higher Education Office website.

Career Outlook 

Careers to consider include: 

  • Top- or mid-level administrator
  • Elementary school teacher
  • Middle school teacher
  • Service professional

Core Curriculum

College of Professional Studies degrees* integrate a core set of course requirements that ensure all of our graduates possess a well-rounded educational background and understanding of the world. The core courses allow students to gain insights into disciplines other than their field of study, as well as develop expertise in written and oral communication and critical thinking.

 

Written Communication (12 q.h.)

Effective with the Fall 2013 term, all three English course requirements in the Written Communication area of the core curriculum will have a 1-credit writing lab co-requisite. This applies to all new and returning students.

Complete the following three courses and labs:

ENG 1004/1014 College English 1/ Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 1005/1015 College English 2/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.
ENG 3006/3007 College English Workshop/Writing Lab 3/1 q.h.


Diversity (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

CMN 2002 Intercultural Communication 3 q.h.
MGT 1503 Managing in a Diverse and Changing World* 3 q.h.
SOC 1110 Diversity 3 q.h.
SOC 1635 Race and Ethnicity 3 q.h.


Information Literacy (3 q.h.)

ITC Information Technology Elective 3 q.h.

Suggested courses:

 

ITC 1001 Intro to PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 2003 Advanced PC Productivity Tools 3 q.h.
ITC 1255 Human-Computer Interaction 3 q.h.
ITC 2020 Digital Collaboration and Knowledge Management 3 q.h.

Mathematics (6 q.h.)

Complete a minimum of six quarter hours from the following courses:

MTH 1001 College Algebra 1 3 q.h.
MTH 2002 College Algebra 2 3 q.h.
MTH 2512 Finite Mathematics 3 q.h.
ECN 2001 Statistics 1 3 q.h.
ECN 2002 Statistics 2 3 q.h.


Ethical & Political Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Complete one of the following courses:

LDR 3230 Ethical Decision Making 3 q.h.
PHL 1001 Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics 3 q.h.
PHL 2180 Business Ethics 3 q.h.


Science Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Choose one course with any one of the following prefixes: BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, PHY

 

Suggested courses:

 

BIO 1010 Biology 1 3 q.h.
BIO 1825 Biology Today: An issues Approach 3 q.h.
CHM 2105 Chemistry and the Environment 3 q.h.
ESC 1525 Energy for Today and Tomorrow 3 q.h.


Historical Perspectives (3 q.h.)

Strongly Recommended:

 

HST 3131 The World: 1945-Present 3 q.h.

Other choices:

 

HST 1003 Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 3213 Contemporary America 3 q.h.
HST 2205 Coming to America: The American Immigrant Experience
3 q.h.

 

Total Core Curriculum: 33 q.h.


*Degree requirements vary. Some degrees require specific core choices.
See curriculum pages for more information.


Curriculum

Core Curriculum (33 q.h.)

We require all bachelor's degree students to complete required core curriculum, allowing you to gain insight into disciplines other than your field of study.

Major Courses (57 q.h.)

Complete all of the following courses:

EDU 1101 Introduction to Education* 3 q.h.
EDU 4818 Supervised Teaching Practicum and Seminar** 6 q.h.

Complete one of the following courses:

HST 1001 The Civilization of the Ancient & Medieval World 3 q.h.
HST 1002 The Civilization of the Early Modern World 3 q.h.
HST 1003 The Civilization of the Modern World 3 q.h.

Complete twenty-one credits of Humanities electives from the following prefixes:

ART, CMN, ENG, JRNPHL, TCC, or a modern foreign language 21 q.h.

Complete nine credits of Math-Science electives from the following prefixes:    

BIO, BTC, CHM, ESC, MTH, PHY 9 q.h.

Complete fifteen credits of Social Science electives from the following prefixes:

ANT, CJS, ECN, HST, POL, PSY, SOC 15 q.h.

 

Bridge to Teaching Electives (25 q.h.)

Select either the Elementary or Secondary Specialization.

Elementary Education Specialization Courses (25 q.h.)
Complete all of the following courses:

EDU 2004 Learning and Accomplished Practice 4 q.h.
EDU 3300 Race and Urban Education 3 q.h.
EDU 3405 Inquiry in the Humanities and Social Sciences 4 q.h.
EDU 3400 Inquiry in Mathematics and Science 4 q.h.
EDU 3414 Literacy Development and Instruction 4 q.h.
EDU 1031 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity 3 q.h.
  Open Elective 3 q.h.


Secondary Education Specialization Courses
(25 q.h.)***
Complete all of the following courses:

EDU 2004 Learning and Accomplished Practice 4 q.h.
EDU 3413 Curriculum Design and Assessment 3 q.h.
EDU 3416 Language, Culture, and Literature in Middle School and High School 4 q.h.
EDU 3300 Race and Urban Education 4 q.h.
EDU 1031 Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity 3 q.h.
  Open Elective 3 q.h.

Based on desired teaching discipline, and consultation with program adviser, select one of the following courses:

EDU 4417 Teaching History and Social Studies 4 q.h.
EDU 4418 Teaching Language Arts 4 q.h.
EDU 4419 Pedagogy for Teaching Science 4 q.h.
EDU 4420 Pedagogy for Teaching Mathematics 4 q.h.

 

Non-Business Electives (45 q.h.)***

Total Quarter Hours: 160

 

Bachelor of Arts Requirements: Students wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree rather than a Bachelor of Science degree will need to complete 12 quarter hours of an elementary modern language plus 12 quarter hours of an intermediate modern language.

             

* "Introduction to Education" can be utilized to fulfill the "Introduction to Liberal Studies" Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies major course requirement. Note: A program of specialization is identified after the completion of "Introduction to Liberal Studies."

** "Supervised Teaching Practicum and Seminar" can be utilized to fulfill the "Senior Project in Liberal Studies" Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies major course requirement.

*** Students who select the Secondary Education Specialization must select up to 21 q.h. (out of the 48 q.h. required non-business electives) within one of the following disciplines (in addition to the specialization course requirements): Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, and Political Science.


Admissions Requirements

Below are the official Admissions Requirements for this program.

  • Online application
  • Statement of purpose (500-1000 words): identifying your educational goals and expectations from the program; please be aware that the University's academic policy on plagiarism applies to applicant's statement of purpose
  • Professional resume: Current resume that displays job responsibilities, relevant experience, and education history
  • Two Letters of recommendation: from an educator (principal or teacher preferred) with academic or professional knowledge of your capabilities
  • Academic Transcripts submit one of the following
    • Official high school degree
    • Official GED
    • Official associate degree showing degree conferral and date, and shows 80 Quarter Hours equivalent
  • Transfer credit documentation: should be submitted with your application material
    • Academic transcripts from each institution you previously attended:
      • Official U.S. transcripts: if you applied previously earned credit toward your earned associate degree, you must request transcripts from each institution you attended.
      • Official foreign transcripts: must include English translation. We encourage you to submit a course-by-course evaluation of your diploma(s) and transcript(s)
    • College-level examinations: official examination score(s)
    • Military evaluation
  • Interview: Applicants may be requested to participate in an interview as part of the admissions process, if this is determined we will reach out to you directly
  • Proof of English language proficiency: ONLY for students for whom English is not their primary language: English language proficiency guidelines

For general admissions information and recommended admissions deadlines, Undergraduate Admissions.

All requirements must be received prior to review.


Tuition

Estimated total tuition for this program is $60,480.00.

Tuition for individual courses is based on the number of semester hours. Most courses are 3-4 semester hours. See Undergraduate Tuition Rates for details.

Use our Tuition Calculator below to see if transfer credit or tuition reimbursement from your employer could reduce your total tuition.

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Please note: The estimated total tuition is based on tuition rates for Academic Year 2016-17 and does not include any fees or other expenses. Some courses and labs have tuition rates that may increase or decrease total tuition. Tuition and fees are subject to revision by the president and Board of Trustees at any time.

*A maximum of 9 quarter hours of graduate- or doctoral-level credit obtained at another institution may be awarded as Advanced Graduate Credit to the Doctor of Education program.


Student Profile

Who Will Your Classmates Be?


This program is right for you, if you are paraprofessional or teacher assistant and have:

  • At least one year working experience as a paraprofessional or teacher aid
  • A liberal or general studies A.D (or its equivalent), 60 semester hours, or 80 q.h. to transfer into the program
  • At least one year of paraprofessional or teaching assistant experience
  • A minimum 2.5 GPA

Following the academic core, you may elect a specialization in elementary education or secondary education, both of which prepare you with the depth of knowledge sufficient to pass the Massachusetts Test for Educator License.


Learning Outcomes

Learning Outcomes

  1. Specialized Knowledge
    Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective planning for curriculum and instruction in accordance with the 8 standards of Section I of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.

  2. Broad Integrated Knowledge
    Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective instructional practice in accordance with the 3 standards of Section II of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.

  3. Professional Knowledge
    Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective creation of an environment for learning in accordance with the 5 standards of Section III of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.

  4. Socially Responsive Knowledge
    Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective promotion of equity in all aspects of teaching and learning in accordance with the 3 standards of Section IV of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.

  5. Interpersonal and Technological Communication Skills
    Teachers will have the opportunity to demonstrate effective fulfillment of the role and responsibilities of a teacher in accordance with the 7 standards of Section V of the Massachusetts Professional Standards for Teachers.

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